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January 18, 2020

Resilience Redefined: 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium Presents Live and On-Demand Roundtables to Keep Your Informed – Register Today!

Washington Update

WateReuse Submits Comments on EPA Draft Guidance for Functional Equivalent Discharge Test

National Water Reuse Action Plan Engagement Opportunity

President-Elect Biden Releases Stimulus Proposal

Last week, President-Elect Biden released his proposal for the next economic stimulus package, asking Congress to provide $1.9 trillion in COVID relief. Biden has also said that he intends to release a second proposal in the coming weeks aimed at advancing longer term recovery goals. Last week’s proposal includes $350 billion in aid to states and localities and $30 billion to help low-income households pay rent and utility bills. The package would also include billions of dollars in assistance to small businesses. Congress will aim to pass a stimulus package sometime in the early spring before certain relief benefits expire.

EPA Invites Water Reuse Projects to Apply for WIFIA Loans

State Updates and Member Profiles

Welcome New Member!

The WateReuse Association welcomes the following new member:

Section Update: Pacific Northwest Highlights New Water Reuse Initiatives and Workshops

The WateReuse Pacific Northwest quarterly newsletter was released last week with a welcome from new Section President Nick Smith of Stantec and an announcement of a new workshop series on advancing water reuse through state focused partnerships. The newsletter also spotlights the opening of St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale, Washington, which will use Class A recycled water for non-potable uses on campus. Read more.

Alabama: Onsite Water Recycling Provides Hope in Rural America

Researchers at Columbia University are partnering with the MacArthur Foundation’s Catherine Coleman Flowers in Lowndes County, Alabama to address the community’s untreated sewage problem. The project aims to design a toilet that will filter, clean, and recycle waste onsite and then use the water in washing machines and nutrients for fertilizer. Many households in this rural community are unable to afford septic systems, and those that do are faced with challenging soil conditions not apt for those systems. Columbia’s new Wastewater Innovation and Environmental Justice Lab works to find better and greener ways of managing waste through innovative sanitation policy and rural activism. Read more.

California: Federal Funding to Expand Desalination Capacity

The Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) has received a $25 million authorization to support its desalination program through the recently passed Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that was signed into law in late December 2020. The funding will be authorized over several years to fund additional water supply wells, pipelines, and a new brine minimization technology that will increase local water supply availability and further reduce EMWD’s dependence on imported water supplies. The current desalination process produces 75 gallons of fresh drinking water out of every 100 gallons of salty groundwater. The federal funds, delivered through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, supports new technology that will bring that recovery rate to more than 90 percent. Read more.

Florida: Reclaimed Water Helps Hillsborough County Earn LEED Platinum Certification

Hillsborough County has become the first county government in Florida to achieve Platinum LEED for Cities and Communities certification from the U.S Green Building Council thanks in part to its reclaimed water program. The Cities and Communities certification goes well beyond one building; it requires the integration of sustainability efforts across the community. Hillsborough’s rigorous five year application process included demonstrating efforts such as their leadership on reclaimed water production and high water quality achievements. Read more.

Member Spotlight: Fish and Wildlife Highlights Eastern Municipal’s Wetlands Reuse Initiative

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is showcasing the natural beauty and flourishing wildlife in the first state wildlife area to be enhanced with recycled water. The San Jacinto Wildlife Area boasts 900 acres of restored wetlands from recycled water in Riverside County, CA. Eastern Municipal Water District uses the constructed wetlands to “polish” recycled water before it is distributed to farms, dairies, and the wildlife area. Read more.

Research Update

Breakthrough in Desalination Membrane Density Could Lead to Cheaper Water

Researchers with the University of Texas at Austin, Penn State, and DuPont Water Solutions discovered a large variation in desalination membrane density at the nanoscale. The researchers hypothesized that density at the nanoscale is the key to increasing how much clean water these membranes can create. In recently published findings, the researchers were able to demonstrate a 30-40% increase in efficiency with more uniform density at the nanoscale. Read more.

New Climate Model Incorporates Urban Climates

A team of climate scientists have developed a new climate model specific to urban climates that could aid communities in projecting future water recycling needs. The model aims to close the urban-global information gap in climate modelling to support more effective urban planning for climate-driven risks. The model generates city-level projections of temperatures and relative humidity through the year 2100. Initial projections of city humidity indicate urban vegetation could be a strong adaptive measure, illustrating one way city planners could use the tool. Read more.

International Update

Italian Greenhouse to Provide Crops Year-Round with Recycled Water

Italian company, Fellini Patrizio, announced plans to grow local grow crops throughout the winter months, using a solar powered greenhouse equipped with a water recycling system that will reuse up to of 90% of washing water. Over the next year, the company will test a variety of crops focusing on balancing crop protection with minimizing the input of energy, fertilization, plant protection, and water use.  Read more.

Member Resources and Benefits

Profiles in Reuse: Flyer Explains Safety and Reliability of Potable Reuse

Use our flyer, Profiles in Reuse: Potable Reuse, to inform ratepayers, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the safety and reliability of using purified water as part of the drinking water supply. The flyer also supports WateReuse’s Medical Community Initiative, which seeks to build support for potable reuse among medical and public health officials. This flyer is the first in a series of Profiles in Reuse that will serve as resources for member communication on water recyclingDownload Flyer.

Conferences, Webcasts and Events

Webcast: Water Reuse Policy in the 117th Congress and Biden Administration

January 27, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Please join us for a webcast with Washington insiders to examine what’s on the congressional agenda for 2021 and what water-related priorities the Biden Administration is likely to push in its first year. Register here.

Webcast: Stormwater Capture Drivers, Impediments, and Future Visions

February 3, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

Join a group of stormwater management leaders from around the US to discuss stormwater capture motivations and drivers, barriers to progress, and future directions. The audience will learn about opportunities to market and advance stormwater capture. Register here.

Webcast: Communicating about Potable Reuse and Public Health –Tools for Success

February 17, 2021
11 am PT | 2 pm ET

This webcast will describe methods to communicate with stakeholders – including healthcare providers – regarding the human health safeguards associated with potable reuse implementation. Register here.

Upcoming Events

May
22
Wed
WateReuse Florida 2024 Reuse Summit
May 22 all-day
May
28
Tue
Joint Meeting with S.C. DHEC @ SCAWWA/WEASC Offices in Columbia, SC
May 28 all-day
May
30
Thu
Central Valley/Sierra Foothills Chapter Meeting
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please Save-the-Date for our chapter meeting on May 30 at the City of Roseville’s Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The draft agenda is attached. Also, please note that this is an in-person meeting only.

Please RSVP to me (jayaprakashl@sacsewer.com) by May 27 to confirm your attendance.

May
31
Fri
WateReuse California Legislative-Regulatory Committee Meeting
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Please find below the 2024 schedule for the Legislative-Regulatory Committee. All in-person meetings will be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Sacramento offices located at: 1121 L Street, Suite 900, Sacramento.]

 

Both in-person and virtual meetings will occur from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. Those indicated as virtual will occur over Zoom and a link will be provided on the agenda.

 

The 2024 WRCA Annual Conference will be at the: Hyatt Regency Orange County.

 

Please save the date for our 2024 meeting dates:

 

1. January 19 – in person

2. March 8 – virtual

3. March 22 – in person

4. April 12 – virtual

5. May 10 – in person

6. May 31 – virtual

7. June 21 – virtual

8. August 9 – virtual

9. September 16 – in person (at annual conference)

Jun
6
Thu
WRCA Potable Reuse Permitting & Compliance Meeting
Jun 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Jun
7
Fri
Meeting of the Board of Directors – Second Quarter 2024
Jun 7 all-day

Remote

Jun
11
Tue
WRCA Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Jun 11 all-day
Jun
13
Thu
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Summer Summit & Social @ The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon
Jun 13 all-day
WateReuse Pacific Northwest: Summer Summit & Social @ The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon

The WateReuse Association Pacific Northwest (PNW) section, in partnership with the City of Silverton, is hosting its third annual Summer Summit and Social on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at The Oregon Garden.

The Oregon Garden is a stunning botanical garden encompassing over 80 acres and featuring over 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diverse botanical beauty of the Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest. The featured wetlands and A-Mazing Water Garden represent a unique partnership with the City of Silverton; these garden areas cool the City’s effluent water which, in turn, is used to irrigate the Garden. Guests will also see sustainable practices such as green roofs, home composting, permaculture, and more on display. The event will conclude with a happy hour at the Garden.

Register Here!

Jun
18
Tue
Pacific Northwest Section Meeting
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Jun
20
Thu
Orange County Chapter Meeting @ Carollo Engineers
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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